Turkey's electoral board says preparations for early elections complete


In a speech broadcast live on television, Erdogan said: "Even though the president and government are working in unison, the diseases of the old system confront us at every step we take".

Turkey will hold snap presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, brought forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from November 2019.

"As result of consultations with Mr Bahceli, we made a decision to hold elections on June 24, 2018, a Sunday", Mr Erdogan said in an address at his presidential palace. The changes will come into effect with the next elections. Now, the victor of June's presidential vote - widely expected to be Erdogan - will be able to use them far quicker than had previously been planned.

MHP leader Bahceli previously said that his party will support the current president Erdogan as a candidate. His powers were already extended through a constitutional referendum past year, amid a massive crackdown following a 2016 failed coup attempt.

Under the new system, the president will be able to prepare the budget and appoint high-level officials, including ministers and judges.

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The main Turkey opposition party called for an end to it, insisting that a vote could not be held under emergency rule. The president could also in some circumstances dissolve parliament.

Bahceli stunned Turkish political observers on Tuesday when he urged the government not to wait for November 2019 to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections, suggesting the polls be held on August 26, 2018.

Turkey accused Greece on Tuesday of violating worldwide law by not extraditing eight Turkish soldiers Ankara believes were supporters of a failed coup attempt in 2016. Wide-ranging purges have have led to the imprisonment of tens of thousands of people, including journalists-Turkey is now known as the world's biggest jailer of journalists.

But our military operation in Syria and the historically significant regional developments in Syria and Iraq made it compulsory for Turkey to overcome the uncertainties.

He had also called for early elections.